SAINT LEO, Fla. – On Sunday, March 17, the Saint Leo women's lacrosse team held their first senior night in Lions history, honoring one special Lion for her contributions to the young program. As her team huddled around her, it was a day that senior Alyssa Viscomi would never forget.
Viscomi came to Saint Leo University in the fall of 2009 as a women's basketball player, but when the women's lacrosse program sprang its roots in 2011, she jumped at the opportunity to be a part of history. Soon after, she was a captain of the Lions' team, leading her squad to its first winning season in program history.
In addition to Viscomi's success on the field, she excelled in the classroom, earning an outstanding 3.57 GPA and graduating with a dual bachelor's degree in political science and international studies. During her four years as a student-athlete, Viscomi earned President's Club honors and was inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society.
Though it's clear that Viscomi was an outstanding representation of an NCAA Division II student-athlete, her ability to excel went far beyond the classroom and the field. During the summer months leading up to her junior year, Viscomi put her political skills to the test by completing an internship with Republican Congressman Bill Posey at his local district in Viera, Fla.
After months of hard work and dedication, Viscomi's involvement with Congressman Posey led her to an opportunity to complete an internship with Florida Senator Marco Rubio in his Orlando office.
"In the political field, I've come to realize that these types of internships are extremely essential in gaining experience," says Viscomi.
Today, just months after graduating from Saint Leo University, Viscomi is taking her talents to Capitol Hill, as she embarks on the next phase of her journey, for she was recently selected to work for Posey again, accepting a position in his office in Washington, D.C. While there, she will be working to represent the 8th district of Florida.
"After having such success interning in his district office, I am glad to have been chosen to work in the Cannon House Office Building at his Capitol Hill office," she says. "I feel that this opportunity will only strengthen my career and enhance my political experience."
Though she will be hundreds of miles away from Saint Leo's University campus, she plans on utilizing the values and life lessons that she's learned as a Lion to excel.
"Being a captain on the lacrosse team put me in a leadership position where I really had to represent myself and make several executive decisions based on the benefit of the team," says Viscomi. "Those aspects and leadership traits I've gained and displayed have molded me into the type of ambitious person I am today."
"We couldn't be more proud of Alyssa for accomplishing the goals she has set for herself so far," head women's lacrosse coach Lesley Graham pronounced. "We know that as our first graduate from the women's lacrosse program, she will continue to use her strong work ethic and confidence to succeed in the next chapter of her life."
On April 27, Viscomi gracefully breezed across the stage in the Marian Bowman Center to receive her dual degree from President Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. She is set to begin her new job in our nation's capital on Monday, Aug. 5.
She's spent the last four years donning the green and gold.
Now? She wears red, white, and blue.
Pictured above: Alyssa Viscomi (left) with Senator Marco Rubio (right).